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Akastor ASA’s (OB:AKAST) largest shareholders are private companies who were

Key Insights

  • The considerable ownership by private companies in Akastor indicates that they collectively have a greater say in management and business strategy
  • The top 2 shareholders own 52% of the company
  • Institutional ownership in Akastor is 11%

Every investor in Akastor ASA (OB:AKAST) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. We can see that private companies own the lion’s share in the company with 44% ownership. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

Clearly, private companies benefitted the most after the company’s market cap rose by kr515m last week.

Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Akastor.

Check out our latest analysis for Akastor

OB:AKAST Ownership Breakdown June 15th 2024

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Akastor?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Akastor does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company’s stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Akastor’s historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

OB:AKAST Earnings and Revenue Growth June 15th 2024

It would appear that 15% of Akastor shares are controlled by hedge funds. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. The company’s largest shareholder is The Resource Group Trg As, with ownership of 37%. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 15% and 12%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 2 shareholders have a majority ownership in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Akastor

The definition of company insiders can be subjective and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Akastor ASA in their own names. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It has a market capitalization of just kr4.5b, and the board has only kr19m worth of shares in their own names. We generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 17% stake in Akastor. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 44%, of the Akastor stock. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Akastor that you should be aware of.

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